College of Charleston topples UNCG, 11-6 05-16-2012

GREENSBORO, N.C. – College of Charleston's Brandon Murray and Brandon Glazer went a combined 5-for-9 with seven RBI as College of Charleston delivered the knockout blow to UNCG's postseason hopes, 11-6, in Southern Conference action on Thursday evening at UNCG Baseball Stadium. 

With the loss and coupled with Furman's 12-1 win over Davidson, the Spartans failed to make the postseason for the second time in three years. With the victory, Furman clinched the eighth seed and knocked both UNCG and Davidson out of postseason contention. 

College of Charleston (36-17, 20-8 SoCon) kept its hopes alive for the number-one seed in the upcoming Southern Conference Baseball Tournament by scoring at least two runs in every inning between the fourth and the seventh. 

UNCG (24-26, 9-19 SoCon) dropped its ninth straight series opener in conference play as all four of its pitchers were tagged with at least two runs. 

The Cougars wasted no time as they jumped all over UNCG starter Max Povse (2-6) for back-to-back-to-back hits to start the game. Murray collected his first of three RBI by delivering an RBI single to center field to put the Cougars on the scoreboard. Two batters later, Rob Harding gathered an RBI via groundout to make it a 2-0 game after a half-inning of play. 

UNCG would plate an unearned run in the bottom-half of the third inning after Eric Kalbfleisch motored home on a throwing error to cut the deficit in half, 2-1. 

College of Charleston responded with a bang as it plated a pair of runs in each of the next three innings. In the fourth, Gunnar Heidt caused havoc as he stole two bases after walking and scored on a throwing error to make it 3-1 in Charleston's favor. Leadoff hitter Marty Gantt continued his impressive season with as a run scored on his fielder's choice to extend the lead to three, 4-1. 

In the fifth inning, Glazer crushed the third pitch he saw from UNCG's Jonathan Jones for a two-run homer to make it a 6-1 game. 

UNCG would plate a run in the bottom-half of the frame thanks to an RBI single from Lloyd Enzor to shrink the lead to 6-2. 

However, the Cougars put the game away with five unanswered runs over the next two innings. In the sixth inning, Murray continued to tear up Spartan pitching as he roped a two-run double to right center, but was hosed at third trying to stretch it into a triple. In the top of the seventh, Glazer struck again, this time with a two-run double to left, and would eventually score on a wild pitch to conclude the scoring for the Cougars. 

UNCG wouldn't go down easily as it plated four runs in the bottom of the ninth. With the bases juiced and two outs, Christian Wolfe clobbered a three-run bases-clearing triple and scored on a passed ball later in the inning to make it 11-6. 

The Cougars' Christian Powell (9-3) would get the win as he labored through five innings of work on 89 pitches as he scattered seven hits and allowed two runs (one earned) and struck out three batters. Relievers' Nick Osterman and Derrick Smith were flawless as they didn't allow a base runner in three innings of work. 

Povse was tagged with the loss as the freshman allowed four runs (all earned) and walked four batters in three innings of work. 

All but one starter scored a run for the Cougars as Murray led the team with three hits and Gantt and Glazer chipped in with two apiece.

Senior's Bobby Martin and Kris Richards enjoyed multi-hit performances as both went 2-for-4 with a run scored. 

Both teams left six runners on base as UNCG's pitching staff walked six batters compared to a pair of strikeouts. 

The Spartans will look to even up the series on Friday at 6 p.m. at UNCG Baseball Stadium.




College of Charleston 11, UNCG 6 (May 17, 2012 at Greensboro, N.C.)
College of Charleston. 200 222 300  - 11 11  1      (36-17, 20-8)
UNCG................ 001 010 004  -  6 10  1      (24-26, 9-19)
Pitchers: College of Charleston - Christian Powell; Nick Osterman(6); Derrick Smith(8);
Griffin Jones(9); Josh Renfro(9) and Jimmy Holton; Ryan Welke. UNCG - Max Povse;
Jonathan Jones(4); Wes McBride(6); Brennen James(7) and Cambric Moye.
Win-Christian Powell(9-3)  Loss-Max Povse(2-6)  T-3:00  A-145
HR COFC - Brandon Glazer.
Weather: 79 degrees and partly cloudy
Povse faced 2 batters in the 4th.




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